Problems

Okay, life’s not easy.

You’re probably hearing that for the thousandth time (I’ve said it before, too), but every time life’s not easy, it manages it in a new way. Life’s not easy on your second birthday ‘coz you keep leaking things in your diaper and your mamma forgets to change it. Life’s not easy on your tenth birthday ‘coz you just broke your Beyblade. Life’s not easy on your seventeenth birthday ‘coz you can’t figure out why on Earth she/he has to treat you like this. Life’s never easy ‘coz whoever you are, there is a list of things you don’t want happening in your life, and they will happen, to test you or to show you the world hates you or by a function of probability.

I don’t mean to be pessimistic today, because that makes life harder. I just want to tell you, whoever you are, wherever you are reading this blog from, whether you know me or not, I just want to tell you, that yeah, I know life’s not easy. And if you aren’t a very rare type of person, there are probably about half a dozen things right now that make your life hard. Will you do one thing? Just list six things in your life that make you sad, or worried, or negative in any sort of way. Don’t neglect small problems like I don’t like the colour of my room or I could never finish writing that story. I am sure you can come up with about six problems. If there are more, that’s even better.

Now look at the time, and remember the date. Almost all of the problems that you thought of now won’t be here after four months. If you sat down to list your problems four months from now, there’s a good chance you’ll be listing new ones in place of many of the current ones. What does that show?

1         That problems either get solved, or lose importance, or relevance, or just get shifted back and fade away with time. It will happen with your current problems too. No matter how imposing they look, most of them won’t be here after four months, because of one reason or the other.

2         If about four new problems (big and small) are created every four months, imagine the total number of problems you have faced in your life till this moment.

Now imagine what your life would have been if none of those problems had been there. Take your time. I know it’s boring but try to imagine this scenario.

Now tell me, would you want a life like that, without problems? Will you even be alive in that life? You’ll just float passively in a perennial cloud of contentment and happiness till you get tired of it and die. Tell me, wasn’t there a single problem in your life that helped you realize something, that helped you trust some part of yourself, that helped you change and improve, that shaped your ideals, that brought you closer to someone?

Life isn’t easy, I know, but it’s not easy for a reason. If it were easy, we would barely be living.

For the ones reading this blog who are going through some pressing problem in the present, let me tell you, I am currently going through some really pressing ones indeed. I don’t know what will happen; whether it will be solved or not, but I’m just hoping it will and I know you’re hoping yours will be solved too. If we hope together, I think something somewhere will change to make life just a bit easier, don’t you think?

“When you want something with all your heart, the entire universe conspires to make it possible.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist. [not exact words.]

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